ULTIMATE PARENTS GUIDE to Media Monitoring!


Welcome to our first of many MEDIA blogs to come! Here we will share SOL Approved devices, movies, books and more!


Today is all about MEDIA MONITORING resources for your kids.



We all want to keep our kids safe, but who has the time to check every video, every site or every app that our kids see?


As parents we have a responsibility to our kids to keep them safe and talk to them when they are confronted with challenging content. More than ever our kids are spending their time on electronics whether for entertainment, to socialize with friends or for virtual school. How can we keep them protected?


This guide is filled with resources you can install to monitor, filter and review content that your child or teen may engage with. Let's support our children so that they can learn to navigate the virtual world more safely and develop postive habits they can carry with them as they grow.





Keep an eye on all of your kid's or teen's devices!


https://www.bark.us/

The Smart Way to Keep Kids Safer Online. Bark's affordable, award-winning dashboard proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns, so busy parents can save time and gain peace of mind.

Created in collaboration with child psychologists, youth advisors, digital media experts, and law enforcement professionals, Bark delivers a research-backed, kid-friendly solution for safeguarding families as technology changes how and where we communicate.


Parents can receive text or e-mail alerts when Bark detects potential risks on your child's online experience. Check it out:

Bark Jr. Includes: $5/month or $50/year

  • Screen Time

  • Web Filtering

  • Location Check Ins

Bark Includes: $14/month or $99/year

  • Texts, emails, youtube + 30+ apps

  • Get alerts for issues like cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation & more

  • Manage Screetn Time

  • Web Filtering

Parent Review: "What I appreciate the most is the ability to monitor without snooping. This allows my children to maintain a sense of independence and privacy, while allowing me the opportunity to involve myself only when necessary to provide guidance. It helps me grow future responsible, productive adults." - Bark Dad






Filter your shows & movies!



https://www.vidangel.com/

VidAngel provides a way to skip or mute things you don't want to see or hear in movies and TV shows.”

Watch your favorite tv shows and movies right on Vid Angel! It's compleltely customizable by setting your preferred parental locks & filters!


There are the overall filters you can set and specific filters you can even adjust with each show. Here are the main filter categories: sub categories are also available

  • Language

  • Sex/Nudity/Modesty

  • Violence/Blood/Gore

  • Alcohol/Drug Use

  • Other

Just add the VidAngel extension on your browser, connect your Netflix & Amazon accounts and enjoy watching without any worries!


Compatible with: Amazon fireTV, Roku, iOS, Android


Free. Support when you can.





Ultimate Media Review Site!


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/


“Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they watch it) Trusted ratings created with families in mind”

Common Sense Media is a go to resource for parents providing reviews on the following:

  • Movies

  • TV

  • Books

  • Apps

  • Games

  • Parenting articles

An easy to use tool for parents to quickly access and check in on the show their child wants to watch beforehand.


It includes ratings on :

  • Educational Value

  • Positive Messages

  • Positive Role Models

  • Ease of Play

  • Violence

  • Sex

  • Language

  • Consumerism

  • Drinking, Drugs, Smoking

Neat Features Include:

  • What Parents Need to Know...

  • Talk To Your Kids About...

  • What Other Parents Are Saying...

Reviews are divided by age:

Free: Look up reviews!


Paid Subscription: $3/month or $30/year With a subscription you can enter your child's age and interests to customize the experience and receive monthly recommendations.


You can also check out Common Sense Education and Common Sense Kids Action







Streaming service designed for Kids!


https://www.yippee.tv

"Faith Filled Shows Your Kids Will Love. A new streaming service for kids and families. Rooted in faith. Parent approved. Tons of fun."

Awesome, trustworthy content designed for KIDS.


Includes:

  • Yippie's original kids shows

  • An exclusive partnership with Veggie Tales

  • Youtube channels made for kids

  • Daily Devotional show

  • Nature shows

  • Family Vlogs

A great alternative to Youtube. Including shows that spark your child's creativity and curiosity.

Youtube like shows include:

  • Daily Devotionals

  • Nature shows

  • Family Vlogs

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Cooking

  • Music

  • Dancing

  • & more!

Try a 7 day free trial!

Paid Subscription cost is $7.99/month or $67/year.











Have Faith in your Entertainment!


www.pureflix.com

“It's never been easier to find entertainment the whole family will enjoy. Start streaming thousands of feel good movies, TV shows and more!

Netflix through a Christian lens with content for the WHOLE FAMILY. Watch anywhere on your phone, tablet, or TV!


Including a variety of movies and shows:

  • Kids Series

  • Documentaries

  • How Tos

  • Hobbies

  • Educational

  • Health & Fitness

  • Sports

  • Outdoors

  • Travel

  • Insiprational & Devotional Titles

Check it out with a 7 day free trial.

Paid Subscription cost is $12.99/month or $99/year.


Pureflix Review by Money Saving Mom


That's it for now y'all! Let us know what services, subscriptions, programs you try at home and how it works for you. Feel free to comment below.


(Note- none of these are paid advertisements. Purely reviews created by SOL parents for parents!)

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